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monsters, spirits and demons

Death and destruction also feature in Japanese popular culture, and this aspect of it also attracts many fans.The darker side of history continues to provide inspiration. Stories of monsters, spirits and demons have been told for centuries, a tradition that continues in horror films, gruesome games and sinister manga.


Japan’s bloody military history also provides a continuous source of inspiration. Spectacular confrontations with slashing swords and ritual suicide are ‘typically Japanese’ cultural stereotypes on which popular culture repeatedly draws for fresh inspiration.